Applying for Recertification (R2)
The fee to recertify is $40. CPhTs can apply for recertification beginning 100 days prior to the certification expiration date. Applications should be submitted at least 30 days prior to the expiration date (the 'renew by date') to ensure adequate time for processing. Example: If your certification expires on July 31, 2013, the earliest you can submit your recertification application is April 22, 2013. To allow adequate time for processing, the latest you should submit your application is July 1, 2013. CPhTs apply online from within their PTCB Account.
About Recertification (R2)
Certified Pharmacy Technicians (CPhTs) are required to recertify every two years to maintain certification. PTCB's recertification requirements correspond with the bi-annual renewal schedule for professional pharmacist licensure as governed by State Boards of Pharmacy. Some employers and/or State Boards of Pharmacy require CPhTs to maintain their PTCB certification. The purpose of recertification is to ensure that pharmacy technicians stay up-to-date in pharmacy practice through the completion of Continuing Education (CE).
Continuing Education Requirements (R2)
Certificants must complete a minimum of twenty hours of continuing education in pharmacy-related subject matter during each two-year recertification cycle. For recertification candidates, at least one hour must be in the subject of pharmacy law, and for reinstatement candidates, two of the twenty hours must be in the subject of pharmacy law. A maximum of fifteen hours may be earned by completing a relevant college course with a grade of "C" or better. A maximum of ten hours may be earned by completing in-service projects.
Approved Activities (R2)
PTCB has determined that all CE providers accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE) satisfy the requirement of pertaining to pharmacy-related subject matter.
Pharmacy-related subject matter includes these topics (R2)
- Medication Distribution
- Inventory Control Systems
- Pharmaceuticals Sciences
- Pharmacy Law
- Pharmacology/Drug Therapy
- Roles and Duties of Pharmacy Technicians
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